Wednesday, April 3, 2013


From Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames: As I said a couple of weeks, I’m going to share simple recipes with you for a while (as I draw near to the debut of FINAL SENTENCE), recipes I find either in a cookbook or in a special recipe box.

In the new Cookbook Nook Mystery series, the protagonist, Jenna, a former ad exec, is not quite comfortable in the kitchen. She loves good food. She considers herself a gourmet. Until she returned home to Crystal Cove, California, she lived in San Francisco. Plenty of wonderful restaurants there!! 

Now that she is helping her aunt open a culinary bookstore and café, she’s become aware of how little she knows when it comes to cooking. She’s encouraged to try recipes with just a few ingredients. At the end of FINAL SENTENCE, I’ve shared some in the recipes that are in the book.
This is a recipe that comes from my mother’s recipe box, tweaked with a little Parmesan cheese.

with hidden veggies


2 pounds ground turkey
2 eggs
2 tablespoons mixed herbs (my mother loved rosemary, basil, and thyme, as do I)

1 cup onion, chopped (about ½ large onion)
1 cup zucchini, chopped (about 1 small zucchini)
½ cup bread crumbs (you can use gluten-free crumbs)
½ cup to 1 cup Parmesan cheese (depending on your preference)


Turn the oven on to 300 degrees – low! 

Mix the turkey, egg, herbs, veggies, and bread crumbs together. See how easy that was? Dump and mush. Fun.

 Push the mixture into a 9 x 5 pan.  

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and drizzle with catsup. Serve immediately.

This keeps well in the refrigerator and is easily warmed up a second night. It also makes a wonderful addition to a grilled cheese sandwich!!

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Daryl Wood Gerber also writes as Avery Aames, 
author of the Agatha Award-winning,
nationally bestselling CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY SERIES 

The 1st in A Cookbook Nook Mystery series is coming July 2013!!
You can pre-order the book HERE.

The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series is out
You can order the book HERE. 

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  1. Sounds yummy and healthy Daryl/Avery! I'm coming up on that kind of a stretch too--busy, busy. Will have to put this recipe in the queue.

    1. Lucy, isn't it amazing how busy we are? With the inception of the cell phone and social networking, there's no free time any more.

      Daryl / Avery

  2. This looks like a keeper, Daryl! I think it will find a happy home at my table too. Great idea for quick recipes for busy us this next few months.

    Looking forward to your new series too!

    1. Thanks, Victoria, for chiming in. Happy homes make me happy. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  3. A total Keeper, especially for busy days. Ground turkey is such a healthy alternative to ground meat, too. Thanks, Avery/Daryl, and I can't wait for the new series to debut. Have a great week!

    1. Aw, thanks, Cleo. I'm excited. 3 months. Seems like such a long time, but it is not, I can assure you. :)

      Daryl aka Avery

  4. Shh, don't spread this around, but I think ground turkey often tastes better than ground beef. I could use some of this right now. Yum!